Lawrence Abeita, wildlife biologist for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, holds a bat net steady at a small pond on the Santa Ana Pueblo reservation in New Mexico. All photos by Andi Murphy.

The 2018 Southwest Native American Workshop on Bats gathered a couple dozen bat researchers and biologists from federal, state and tribal entities to talk about bat conservation ahead of the spread of white-nose syndrome (WNS) in the Southwest. They also focused on where bats fit into Native culture.

Voices in the episode:

Lawrence Abeita (Isleta), wildlife biologist for the Bureau of Indian Affairs

Dr. Ernie Valdez, research wildlife biologist for the U.S. Geological Survey

Dr. Mike Medrano, chief of resource stewardship and science for the Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Nelson Luna (Zuni), director of biology for the Pueblo of Zuni

Timothy Smith (Mescalero Apache), biological technician for the Pueblo of Sandia

Taylor Silva (Diné), Navajo Nation Department of Fish & Wildlife

Roger Rodriguez, regional bat monitoring research assistant at Oregon State University